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Nailing Down 2013

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I realize it is February and it may be a little late for New Year Resolutions for some blogs, but not mine. I’m always a day late, a dollar short, and a step behind when it comes to most everything in my life, especially blogging. We have quite a few goals for this year and as usual, we share them with the world whether we have any intention of meeting them or not.

1. Less TV: get rid of satellite. We want to set a good example for Finn as he gets older. We hope that the first thing we DON’T do when we get home is flip on the TV and plant ourselves in front of it for the night. We’d rather have him see us make dinner together, go for a bike ride, go the gym, do homework together, go for a walk with Penny, basically be more active as a family. I do realize he’s very young to even begin to pick up on this, but we didn’t want to fall in the habit of the TV being our “go to” for him, either! And with that, we canceled satellite last month and he hasn’t watched it since! Of course, with Dan’s school, neither have we other than once a week in bed on the laptop we watch our beloved, Downton Abbey. :)

2. Decorate our master bedroom/bathroom. This is the one area of the house that has  never been touched. Not even a finger. And it’s the one area of the house that really, truly deserves to be touched as it’s our bedroom and we deserve a nice, fancy bedroom, don’t we? So, if we don’t get anything else in our house accomplished this year, I hope we do this.

3. Put one year of Dan’s school behind us. This is already happening, but it’ll feel good to look back on this and know that one more year is behind us. So, I’m putting it on the list.

4. Start using our bikes and eating healthier. You don’t need an explanation for this, right? This is what we need to do to feel better. We have bikes. We need to use them. They are collecting dust and it’s ridiculous. Bad us.

5. Learn how to use our new DSLR. I’m putting this one on for Dan. I’m going to become an expert on the auto-mode. But Dan needs to learn all the manual controls so we can do some great photo shoots with the kid and not have to pay people anymore!

6. Organize one space a month. Our house is a mess. One of these years I will show you our spare room. It’s a nightmare. But in the meanwhile, I’m going to start small. Organizing a small space each month until we finally tackle that monstrosity of a “room” up there.

7. Dedicate more time to scrapbooking. This one is for me. I want to finish Finn’s first year book so bad, I can taste it! And I’m only on week 8. Well, I actually have weeks 8, 9, & 10 done on paper I just haven’t printed them. But the point is I have a lot more to go! I already have my kit picked out for his year 2 and that’s what keeps me going on this great project. I love Project Life and I can’t wait to share them with all to see [including this blog] and even pass these albums down to
him one day. :)

8. Switch to a credit union. Because big banks are bad. It’s something that I’ve been meaning to do for several years now. I’ve been with Wells Fargo for 14 years now. And First Interstate before Wells Fargo bought them. This is going to be the year I finally make the plunge. I’m done with big banks. And I’m a woman with principle!

9. Read. As much as I can. Blogs. Wiki articles. Health & Help articles. Books. Books. More books. I want to learn as much as I can.

And with that, I will leave you with some quotes:

“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” — Confucius

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” — Madeleine L’Engle

“You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid.” — John Waters

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Hello 2013

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My goal was to have this shiny new blog up and running by the new year and I was going to start checking things off of my list as far as what my new blog was going to be about, what the new year had in store, and basically what the new me was going to be about. Buuuuut that didn’t happen. Had some major road blocks as far as the blog was concerned, life had a few stumbles already (I know!), and so here we are now 23 days late and the blog is still a work in progress. Which is just fitting for what I’m all about and what this blog is all about. Progress. And now, hopefully maintenance.

Last year was a heck of a year. It was a wonderful year in one aspect as we added to our family and have this amazing little person that we get to share this big odd world with. But it was also a year filled with so many trials. Three surgeries for me, one that I haven’t even gone into on the blog and I’m not totally ready to hash out in words yet. I can talk about it pretty openly with just about anybody but found when it came to writing about it, I’m just not ready. So, yeah – heck of a heck of a year. One that I am so thankful for but at the same time so very thankful that it is behind me.

And so we move on to progress. To 2013. The Count and I have so many plans for this year. And it’s already started out with a bang which I’ll go into in a later post (sorry to be so elusive?). This year we’re focusing on fixing up our house. We bought this house in 2010 and other than the Kid’s nursery which we lovingly spent so much time on in 2011 and 2012, the rest of the house has been neglected and we’d like to fix that. So our hopes are that this blog will keep us accountable on that quest and give us some inspiration as we share it with others. And of course we’ll still be sharing lots of the Kid and other snippets of our lives along the way.

And so, goodbye 2012, we won’t miss you. And hello, 2013, it is nice to meet you! Stay awhile, won’t you?